Book Review: Links by Lisa Becker @lisawbecker #Links #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Becker Press

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1st, 2017

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Thank you to the author Lisa Becker for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school’s athletic heartthrob. 

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her. She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! 

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury. 

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

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MY REVIEW:

This novel was a beautiful love story as it follows Charlotte and Garrett. Years ago Charlotte used to be Garrett’s tutor in his home, and she had a huge crush on him. He didn’t give her the time of day, oblivious to her feelings. Fast forward several years later and their chance encounter in a restaurant. They are now adults, all grown up, and happen to run into one another. Charlotte is nothing like she looked like before.

This story is told in alternating points of view, parts by Charlotte and parts by Garrett. I loved how we got to get a glimpse into how Garrett viewed things and I loved reading from his point of view, as we were able to understand his feelings and his thoughts.

After all this time we learn that Garrett is now attracted to Charlotte. She is successful, beautiful, witty and has a sense of humour that Garrett just loves. But will Charlotte give him the time of day, especially after the ridicule and heartache he caused her all those years ago? Will she be able to let him into her life as more than just a friend, and give a relationship a try?

A fantastic story that I devoured in one day. I enjoyed watching their story unfold, and watching them develop as people. A truly heartwarming story of friendship, love, and forgiveness.

A must read to add to your collection!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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Book Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker @lisawbecker #Clutch #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Becker Press

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2018

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Thank you to the author Lisa Becker for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of the novel Clutch to read and share my review with others. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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MY REVIEW:

This book had me literally laughing out loud as I read along and flipped through the pages. A witty, light read that will have you in stitches, and laughing so hard that you cry and you read the trials and tribulations of Caroline Johnson’s love life and her dating experiences.

Caroline describes each of the men she goes on a date with and describes each as a type of handbag. I thought this idea was brilliant to the story and was such an interesting concept and I absolutely loved it….

There is the Hobo – a starving artist with no real job, no money, and no place to call his own, the Messenger – a man who frequently would quote the bible in his daily life, the Diaper Bag – a single dad, the Cosmetic Bag – a man who would dress us in drag for a local club and perform, and much more. That is, until she meets the man who is the Clutch – the man who is worth holding onto and never letting him go.

I loved reading about Caroline’s dating adventures and found it comical the way she would describe her dates as different types of purses. Caroline was a fun, witty character that was a joy to read about. I also enjoyed reading about her friend Mike and their friendship was like no other. He was her confidante, her best friend, and I loved Mike’s sarcasm, sense of humour and the way he would tease and get Caroline going. Such a cute, refreshing story that was a pleasure to read.

I highly recommend this book and loved it from beginning to end. Be sure to check out this book for a fabulous read!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward @_Annie_Ward @HarperCollinsCa @HarperCollins #BeautifulBad #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Park Row

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher, Park Row and Harper Collins Canada, for sending me a beautiful paperback ARC copy of this book to read and review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

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MY REVIEW:

This book is told from alternating timelines and alternating point of views. The story starts off from the POV of Maddie. She is married to Ian and it is clear they have their issues in their marriage. What exactly is going on? Who is to blame? Maddie thinks she may need therapy and slowly everything is revealed as we continue reading.

The story then jumps to the day of the killing, when a frantic 911 call is placed. What happened that fateful day? Who was killed? Who is responsible? As we read more into the story we get piece by piece of what unfolded leading up to that day.

I enjoyed how this book was written from Maddie’s and Ian’s alternating point of views as it allows us to get a better understanding of each of them and see things from their perspective and through their eyes. They each tell their own story, of how they first met, began dating, later got married, and it all unfolds to the present day. I also enjoyed the alternating timelines, from the past to the present and back to the past again, and the suspense building up the the day of the killing.

The suspense keeps building up and leaves you wanting to read more and more to find out what happened and who was killed and what truly happened.

Maddie’s best friend Joanna warned Maddie years ago that Ian was bad news… did she know something that Maddie didn’t know? Was she hiding something? Ian seemed dark and mysterious, attractive, secretive and dangerous, but Maddie seemed attracted to these traits of Ian’s.

A cleverly written book that builds up the suspense and is an addictive read from beginning to end.

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @Wildfirebks @HarperCollinsCa #ThePerfectGirlfriend #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner

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PUBLISHER: Graydon House

PUBLICATION DATE: March 26th, 2019

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Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of The Perfect Girlfriend to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Juliette has everything going for her: she’s young, pretty, and driven, and she’s training for an exciting new career as a flight attendant.

The darkness in her past doesn’t matter, because she’s moved beyond all that, and she’s building a great new life for herself-one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a foolish moment of commitment-phobia, one that he surely regrets now. But he’ll be so proud of her once he sees how much she’s grown. And he will see her. After all, he’s a pilot at the very same airline where Juliette is training.

What kind of man wouldn’t appreciate the effort Juliette has taken to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he’s not there, and makes sure to leave all his favorite foods in the fridge. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves his airheaded new girlfriend and realizes Juliette is the only one for him.

He will realize it. Juliette will make sure of it. After all, she is the perfect girlfriend.

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MY REVIEW:

Shocking, twisted and addicting! This book sucked me in from the very beginning and demanded my interest the entire way through to the shocking ending. I loved how fast paced this book was and I found myself so immersed in the story and with how crazy Juliette was, I wanted to read more to see what crazy thing she would do next.

Juliette was clearly obsessed with her ex Nate. She goes through great lengths to keep tabs on his daily life and to try to keep him in her life. She would do anything for him, and cannot understand what guy wouldn’t love that and want to be with a girl who puts them first, before everything. Determined to show Nate just how much she loves and adores him, Juliette is on a mission to win him back.

Juliette is a flawed character with so much going on. She is delusional, secretive, vindictive, and sneaky, which makes for a fabulous addictive read that will have you flipping through the pages until the very end. Will Nate realize just how much Juliette loves him and take her back?

A must read if you love thrillers. This book will not disappoint!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams @WmMorrowBooks @Tadamsauthor @HarperCollinsCa #NoExit #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #partner

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PUBLISHER: William Morrow

PUBLICATION DATE: January 15th, 2019

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Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for gifting me a paperback copy of No Exit to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.

But who can she trust?

With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.

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MY REVIEW:

No Exit had me hooked from the very beginning. A child kidnapped and found on the back of a van in the middle of a snow storm. Several random strangers stuck in a building together due to the raging blizzard outside. So many things could go wrong. Especially if one (or more) of those strangers inside the building are up to no good. This book was divided into different sections – Dusk, Night, Midnight, and Witching Hours.

A random set of seemingly strangers, all with different personalities, secrets, and hidden truths and agendas. What could possibly go wrong? Everyone appears to be hiding something and holding something back, and you suspect that everyone is involved.

Without giving too much away about the book, you need to check this one out. it is definitely worth the read.

An addictive, edge of your seat thriller right through to the very end, you’ll love this book! Be sure to get your copy today!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Story of My Face by Leanne Baugh @BaughLeanne @_secondstory #thestoryofmyface #bookreview #blogtour #booksonthebookshelf #bookreviewer #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Second Story Press

PUBLICATION DATE: September 10th, 2018

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Thank you to Second Story Press for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour for The Story of My Face by Leanne Baugh and for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of this book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes’ facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her.

It’s now September, and Abby’s months of hiding out at home are over. Returning to high school feels as daunting as enduring seven plastic surgeries. She knew it would be hard to show her new face to the world, but she didn’t expect to be rejected by her so-called friends. If she wants others to move past the surface, Abby has to learn to do that herself. Her love of acting and her return to the drama club may be the key to going on with her new life, or it may be the disaster that sends her back into her protective shell.

Reminiscent to the book and film “Wonder”, Baugh’s story is full of the relatable struggles that teenagers face in high-school.  A character portrait on the importance of self-acceptance, The Story of My Face is a timely novel in the midst of the ever-growing image driven social media landscape.
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MY REVIEW:
I loved this book. A cleverly written novel about self-love, self-acceptance, and self-growth.
I enjoyed reading about Abby’s character in the book, and she was a very likeable character. It was enjoyable reading about Abby’s path to her self discovery, as she learned to love herself and be kind to herself, despite the many obstacles she faces on a daily basis. She is ridiculed, bullied, and embarrassed upon her return to her high school after the grizzly bear attack, and those who she thought were her friends have seemingly turned their backs on her. Her character was relatable, as she is faced with the many struggles that teenagers face in today’s society.
She is faced with many trials and tribulations after the bear attack, and she has to overcome them all to make herself a stronger person. A beautiful path of self-discovery and one’s ability to dig deep within yourself to be the best that you can be.
The Story of My Face was a brilliant read from beginning to end, and I loved this book. Be sure to check this book out, I am sure you will love it as much as I did!
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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne @bookouture @SherylBrowne #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner #booksonthebookshelf #TheSecondWife @NetGalley

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: January 29th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the exciting Blog Tour for Sheryl Browne’s newest book The Second Wife. Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour and for providing an eARC copy of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction.  A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.


So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. 
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.


Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.

But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

The book everyone’s talking about! If you loved The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and The Girl Before, you’ll be totally gripped and unable to put down this twisty page-turning psychological thriller.
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MY REVIEW:


An addictive novel from the very beginning. A father and daughter duo with a tragic past. A whirlwind romance, quick wedding, and more tragedy. The Second Wife is full of rivalry, bitterness, jealousy, betrayal, and deceit. What a great recipe for a book a very addictive, compelling read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat as you flip through the pages and are engrossed in the book!

 

Richard is a widow with a teenage daughter Olivia. Richard is the perfect man of anyone’s dreams and is quite a catch! He is handsome, successful, business savvy, has money, is romantic, kind, and is a true gentleman. Richard meets a lovely woman named Nicole, who has been through a rough previous marriage. They begin to spend a lot of time together and fall in love. They have a whirlwind romance that quickly ends in a marriage.

 

After moving in together, Nicole begins to see that not everything is going as smoothly or as perfect as she had once believed. Richard’s daughter Olivia appears to be jealous of her father’s new wife, having to share her home and her father’s attention with another woman. Olivia is hell bent on making Nicole suffer, and seems to get thrills off of taunting Nicole and plays mind games with her. Before long Olivia seems to be driving a wedge between her father and Nicole.

Fast forward to the present. Nicole’s dearest friend Rebecca meets Richard and his daughter Olivia at Nicole’s funeral. A tragic death that raises many suspicions and questions. Determined to find out the truth, Rebecca gets to know Richard and his daughter Olivia, only to fall in love with her best friends widow, Richard.

 

I devoured this book and was addicted to the drama. Olivia was a cruel and relentless young woman, full of secrets and deceit. You never knew what she would do next and it added a great amount of suspense and thrill to the book. I enjoyed reading about Richard. He seemed like the perfect man… too perfect… I was waiting for that one shoe to drop to reveal everything with him wasn’t quite as it seemed. Was he the perfect man Nicole and Rebecca thought he was?
Looks can be deceiving. A book full of twists and surprises, that will have you hooked to the very end!
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MY RATING: 5/5 stars
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Blog Tour & Book Review: Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint @SarahFlint19 @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #MummysFavourite #blogtour #booktour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Aria (Head of Zeus)

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the exciting Blog Tour for Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint. Thank you to Aria and Head of Zeus for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for gifting me a beautiful finished paperback copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

FOLLOW THE AUTHOR:

Twitter: @SarahFlint19

Facebook: @SarahFlintBooks

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BUY THE BOOK:

for the paperback:

Amazon | Blackwells

Or get the eBook from:

KoboKobo | Googleplay | iBooks

FOLLOW ARIA:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

He’s watching… He’s waiting… Who’s next?

Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead. DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is assigned by her boss, DI Geoffrey Hunter to assist with the missing person investigation, where mothers and children are being snatched in broad daylight.

As more pairs go missing, the pressure mounts. Leads are going cold. Suspects are identified but have they got the right person? Can Charlie stop the sadistic killer whose only wish is to punish those deemed to have committed a wrong? Or will she herself unwittingly become a victim.

A gripping, heart stopping serial killer read not for the faint hearted.. Perfect for the fans of Karin Slaughter.

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MY REVIEW:

Chilling, creepy, and addicting! This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat as I read page after page. Who was taking all of the mother and child pairs, and murdering the children? Why take revenge on the mother’s “favourite”? The abductor certainly had his or her fair share of mental health issues with a need for revenge against women and their perceived “favourite” child. Who could be responsible for such heinous crimes?

I loved this book from beginning to end. I love a good police procedural novel, that keeps you guessing, and this book does just that! A fantastic who-done-it book that will leave you on the edge of your seat, as you read chapter after nail-biting chapter.

I loved the main character D.C. Charlie Stafford. She was a badass female lead in the novel and I loved that. She was interesting, determined to uncover the truth, and ruthless. She knew what she wanted and how to get it, and she was good at what she did. I enjoyed reading her character development in the book.

This book had me hooked through all the chilling twists and turns, right through to the end. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Flint, and more in the DC Charlie Stafford series.

As the title states – you wouldn’t want to my Mummy’s Favourite.

A must read to add to your collection!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Blog Blitz & Book Review: Black Matter by G.D. Parker @rararesources @GDParker_Author #BlackMatter #blogblitz #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLICATION DATE: January 28th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Blitz for the exciting new novel Black Matter by new author GD Parker. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the invite to be a part of this blog tour and for proving the eARC of this book to read and share my review.

Happy Publication Day!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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GD Parker is the author of his debut novel, Black Matter. Book one of a three-part series that explores the depths of the unfolding high-tech world we now live in, making it a dangerous place.

The novel will be available to purchase in e-book and paperback formats on the Amazon store.

Gareth was born in the UK in 1981. A family man spent much of his working life in South Wales working in a professional capacity. One day he made the decision write about an idea he dreamt about.

Still working full time for a large organisation, he enjoys reading all manner of books, and spending time with his world – his family.

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Twitter  |  Instagram

 

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PURCHASE LINKS FOR THE BOOK:

UK – Amazon

US – Amazon

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The future is now… it’s terrifying!!! Humanity locks jaws with the ever-increasing human desires towards highly advanced technological innovations making the world a dangerous place. Unanticipated horrific consequences unfold for Tommy McGregor when he partakes in a new high-tech innovation to enhance his health and well being. He thought it would make him healthier, better looking and live forever…DI Valentina is out of her comfort zone when she’s tasked to track down a killer, unknown to her, hidden behind a digital mask. The future has already fallen upon humanity as she soon discovers, nothing is as it seems anymore as society embarks in technology that’s already here. A terrifying mystery, it feeds your imaginative mind’s eye – a fast-paced “who is it” thrilling crime, novel that will leave you guessing until the end, (or will it?) As it leaves the hairs on your arms stand on end as you uncontrollably turn each page in this 3 part series.

 

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a book! I love a good book that sucks you in and demands your attention right from the very start, and has you hooked to the very end! That is very hard to do and this book did just that for me! I found myself addicted to this book and flying through the chapters, wanting to know what would happen next.

Imagine a world in the future where advances in technology have improved so much that it becomes dangerous? I was on the edge of my seat while reading this book and I loved that! Dark and terrifying, all in a good way. This book is a must read!

I enjoyed the whole “who done it” aspect of the book and you are left guessing who was responsible. There are several twists and shocking turns in this book that I did not see coming, and I enjoyed the shocking twist at the very end!

I enjoyed reading about the main character in the book, Tommy. He was not a very likable character but he was an interesting character to read about, and he was unreliable and his memory was spotty at best. He was full of surprises and you never knew what he was going to do next.

I loved reading about DI Valentina. I loved her spunky, no care attitude and her determination to get to the bottom of things, whatever the cost. She had a strong female lead role, and I enjoyed that, but she also was hard nosed and ruthless. She was a fantastic character to read about and I enjoyed her character.

I am thrilled that this is a three-part series and I look forward to seeing what the author brings in the next two books.. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series! If you haven’t already had this book on your to be read list, be sure to get your copy now! You will not be disappointed!

Well done GD Parker and I look forward to your next novel!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease @gitatrelease @RaincoastBooks @Flatironbooks #Enchantee #BlogTour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books

PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019

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Thank you to Raincoast Books, Flatiron Books and Gita Trelease for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for the wonderful book Enchantée and to Raincoast Books for providing me with an ARC copy of this book to read.

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Q & A WITH THE AUTHOR, GITA TRELEASE:

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Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your writing? 

A: I find inspiration can come from anywhere and that the most inspiring ideas are usually a mashup of a few different things that are seemingly unrelated. For Enchantée, the first seeds of inspiration were illusionists like Ricky Jay, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and the technology of hot-air balloons. At the early stage of an idea, I trust my intuition as I try to figure out how these different things are speaking to each other; later on, I refine the inspiration sources to create the story. Henry James once said that a writer is a person on whom nothing is wasted. What I think he meant is anything and everything is potential fuel for your creative work. And because you never know what will come of it, you should live life attentively and passionately!

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, magical, and enchanting! Oh my gosh guys, this book!! Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover of this book…. I’ll give you a few moments…..Wow this book cover is stunning! I love it. So beautiful, colourful, and perfect for the magic that unfolds in this amazing story!

Enchantée is a beautifully written story that perfectly incorporates history, revolution, romance, and of course magic. As you read Enchantée you will enter a magical world set in Paris in 1789, and feel as if you are there yourself in the times of magic, beautiful long ball gowns, enchanting courts, horse-drawn carriages, and wonder.

I loved the character development in this story. It was amazing to read about the personal growth and struggles of the main character Camille and her sister Sophie. Left to fend for themselves after their parents passed away, and their older brother practically abandoned them, they are left to their own devices for their survival. Camille is met with many trying times that will test not only her morals, but also her will to survive and and strive in desperate and difficult times.

I was addicted to this book from the very beginning, and I completely devoured this book. I loved every part about this book, right through to the very end. A book that will captivate you and make you feel all the magic as you read along.

If you haven’t had your eyes on this book and already awaiting it’s release date, be sure to add it to your to be read list, you will not be disappointed!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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